bacterial vaginosis


Definition of bacterial vaginosis

: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of excessive amounts of some bacteria (especially Gardnerella vaginalis)

called also nonspecific vaginitis

Examples of bacterial vaginosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These practices put those who menstruate at risk of skin irritations and urogenital infections, including urinary tract infections and bacterial vaginosis. Moms Helping Moms, Forbes, 1 May 2022 And there are a lot of things that can account for this outside of chlamydia, according to the Cleveland Clinic, including a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 20 Jan. 2022 Women may be screened in mid-pregnancy for bacterial vaginosis or ureaplasma, a bacterium that can cause premature birth or miscarriage. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Targeting treatment around infections like bacterial vaginosis, Jain and Bruzek want to drive home that vaginal health is not just related to reproductive health, but also to women’s quality of life and potential future health challenges. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 20 Aug. 2021 Discharge that suddenly seems cottage-cheese-like can point to a yeast infection, while discharge that turns gray or green, or comes with a strange odor can hint at something like bacterial vaginosis or an STI like chlamydia. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 13 Aug. 2021 Yet bacterial vaginosis is a serious condition, difficult to treat and eliminate. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 4 Aug. 2020 Signs of bacterial vaginosis often mimic other vaginal conditions, such as a yeast infection. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 4 Aug. 2020 Even though this observation was just based on a single patient, L. iners has previously been associated with bacterial vaginosis in larger studies. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, 28 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bacterial vaginosis

1983, in the meaning defined above

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bacterial vaginosis

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Medical Definition of bacterial vaginosis

: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of a bacterium especially of the genus Gardnerella (G. vaginalis synonym Haemophilus vaginalis) abbreviation BV

called also nonspecific vaginitis


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